To Sustain Environmental Compliance

UCMR 4 - The Fourth Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule

To ensure safe drinking water, the EPA designed UCMR 4 to identify 30 contaminant groups to be tested (2018-2020). We help clients evaluate whether or not to regulate any of the identified contaminants in future drinking water compliance requirements. We have the expertise and methods to perform these specialized tests to the minimum levels required.

Bioassay - Whole Effluent Toxicity (WET) Testing

Microbac provides a variety of industrial and municipal clients with a full line of WET freshwater testing. 

Microbac’s Biomonitoring Departments specialize in biological assessments of freshwater habitats such as pond outfalls, streams, rivers, lakes, reservoirs and wetlands. Organisms are tested in an isolated photoperiod and temperature-controlled environment. The majority of the freshwater organisms utilized for testing are cultured in-house, but excellent relationships with vendors are maintained in order to provide timely testing for clients.

The biomonitoring laboratory utilizes a comprehensive statistical software package designed specifically for toxicity data analyses. Microbac’s staff of chemists has diverse industry experience and performs tests for clients in Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, Missouri, Pennsylvania and Indiana, as well as for projects outside these regions.

Radiochemistry

Our radiochemistry testing services complements the full-service analytical testing we offer for municipal drinking water systems and the oil and gas industry. Our radiochemical offering allows for a single-source testing partner with industry expertise to provide local service and fast turnaround, while keeping you in compliance of the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Clean Water Act and other regulations.

Algal Toxins

During the summer months, the presence of blue-green algae, also known as cyanobacteria, in the surface waters of freshwater lakes, has the potential to create critical health and ecological concerns. Microbac offers the experience and analytical services to identify algal toxins and help our clients better monitor waters for harmful algae blooms.

Utilizing an LC/MS/MS method, we provide quantitation and speciation analysis of the cyanotoxins produced by blue-green algae. In addition to the analysis of cyanobacteria, we routinely test for known oxygen-depleting contributors to seasonal algal blooms (phosphorus, nitrogen, etc.).

Fish Tissue Biota

Specialty services can be designed to help you determine the levels of toxic substances (trace metals, radiochemical, and organic) in fish tissue as part of an environment risk assessment. Biological contamination of fish tissue can impact the food chain and harm animals and potentially humans.

Perfluorinated Compounds (PFCs)

Analytical testing helps you detect PFCs in soil and water at trace and ultra-trace levels. These synthetic compounds are widely used in manufacturing and manufactured products, but do not naturally break down in the environment and can accumulate in water, soil and tissues – which are harmful to the environment and humans/animals.

Speciated Metals

We test mercury, arsenic, lead, and other chemicals to provide a better understanding of metal species at very low levels to help clients determine origin and environmental, health and safety impacts.

DHC - Biological Forensics

Our teams use DNA sequencing or protein based testing to help you piece together a picture of biological evidence to find the root cause of environmental impact. We’ll help you determine the source of contamination potentially causing environment, health & safety issues.